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Kawakami: Stephen Curry and the (free agency) Summer of 2017

07/04/2015 02:17 PM PDT
For the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry, there are lessons to be learned from the free-agency cases of LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan.  
California's new vaccine law: Freshman senator wins plaudits from colleagues
07/04/2015 12:40 PM PDT - No other legislation in recent memory has consumed the Capitol quite like the vaccine bill did. But those who know him well say Sen. Richard Pan's calm demeanor and his clout as a "citizen lawmaker" who ran for office after a career in medicine prepared him for the ugly battle waged by the bill's zealous opponents.  

5-year-old dies after being struck by sturgeon that jumped in boat
07/04/2015 12:23 PM PDT - A 5-year-old Florida girl riding in a boat has died after a sturgeon leaped from the Suwannee River and struck her.  

Tree falls on Mount Diablo State Park campers
07/04/2015 12:25 PM PDT - Two Live Oak Campground campers were injured Friday  

Bumgarner, Giants blasted by Nationals
07/04/2015 11:55 AM PDT - In a pre-noon holiday start, Madison Bumgarner gives up three runs in first five pitches of 9-3 loss to Washington Nationals 

Joey Chestnut's hot-dog-eating reign ends, but Matt Stonie keeps title in San Jose
07/04/2015 02:06 PM PDT - San Jose folk hero Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, was forced to swallow defeat for the first time in nine years when he lost to fellow San Jose resident Matt "Megatoad" Stonie at Saturday's annual Fourth of July hot-dog eating contest at Nathan's Famous in New York's Coney Island. 

Sunol wildfire contained at 45 acres
07/04/2015 09:52 AM PDT - No structures burned in the fire near Sunol Regional Wilderness. 

A's lose as Mariners blast four two-run homers
07/03/2015 10:44 PM PDT - Oakland misses chance to escape A.L. West cellar 

Women's World Cup: British coach says own-goal scorer good to go
07/03/2015 10:22 PM PDT - Laura Bassett will start in third-place match against Germany 

Concord: Fourth of July boom --- branches from centuries-old tree falls on car
07/04/2015 01:48 PM PDT - A Concord family won't soon forget the day a centuries-old tree created a Fourth of July weekend boom when two branches from a "heritage" oak tree believed to be at least 250 years old fell outside the family's home  

Novato track coach accused of sex with student, 17
07/03/2015 07:33 PM PDT - A Novato High School track and field coach was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual relations with a 17-year-old girl, a former student at the school. 

Oakland's Mountain View Cemetery celebrates 150 years
07/03/2015 06:11 PM PDT - Cemetery noteworthy for imported Italian stone pines, grave stone markers and elaborate mausoleums 

Drummond: Teen who set youth's skirt on fire gets second chance
07/04/2015 02:03 PM PDT - Teen who set agender youth's skirt on fire on AC transit bus in Oakland likely won't go to adult prison  

Giants' Jake Peavy's stellar return spoiled by one pitch
07/03/2015 09:46 PM PDT - Clint Robinson broadsided an 89 mph fastball for a two-run home run to give the Washington Nationals a 2-1 victory, leaving the Giants still looking for a win four games deep into their road trip.  

A's: Gray could make two starts before break, miss All-Star game
07/03/2015 05:57 PM PDT - Pitcher still recovering from illness, might not return to mound before Tuesday 

Oakland City Council to decide future of Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center
07/03/2015 05:30 PM PDT - OAKLAND -- For decades the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center was the community gathering place for Oakland, hosting school pageants, rock concerts, boxing matches, pro wrestling shows -- even a speech by the Rev. 

Giants' NLCS hero Travis Ishikawa designated for assignment for second time
07/03/2015 10:44 PM PDT - San Francisco purchases contracts of left-hander Josh Osich and utility man Ryan Lollis from Triple-A Sacramento, also designate manager's son Brett Bochy for assignment 

A's Reddick apologizes for complaining about lineup
07/03/2015 05:22 PM PDT - Right fielder aimed criticism at Beane, but Melvin faults himself for 'miscommunication' 

San Francisco slaying raises questions about 'sanctuary' for detained illegal immigrants
07/03/2015 08:41 PM PDT - Francisco Sanchez, the 45-year-old man accused of fatally shooting former Pleasanton resident Kate Steinle in the back Wednesday on Pier 14 had recently been released from jail despite having been deported five times and having immigration authorities ask that he be held.  

Days Gone By: Fourth of July balloon fiasco in Martinez
07/03/2015 05:54 PM PDT - The organizers of Independence Day in Martinez in 1889 had managed a coup. For the first time in county history there would be a balloon-ascension on the Martinez side of the Oakland-Berkeley hills. 

Final stadium cost could determine if Raiders deal is good for Oakland
07/03/2015 07:20 PM PDT - As local officials continue their review of a proposed $900 million Raiders stadium proposal, they have not received assurances that the team will pay for cost overruns. 

Wilner: Santa Clara University should answer for hiring Renee Baumgartner
07/03/2015 02:52 PM PDT - New athletic director was most recently at Syracuse, where major violations occurred in basketball program 

Alameda County: Brush fire near Sunol wilderness still burning
07/03/2015 03:12 PM PDT - Fire crews were expected to work through the night to extinguish a 45-acre brush fire in Alameda County.  

Castro Valley: Authorities nab man they say tried to rob bank
07/03/2015 02:13 PM PDT - A parolee was arrested Thursday on suspicion of attempted bank robbery in Castro Valley, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office said. 

Stanford gets commitment from standout Texas defensive tackle
07/03/2015 01:03 PM PDT - Mike Williams, a four-star defensive lineman from Fort Worth, announced that he will attend Stanford after visiting Texas, Oregon, Ohio State and TCU. 

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Francisco Sanchez
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San Francisco slaying raises questions about 'sanctuary' for detained illegal immigrants

Francisco Sanchez, the 45-year-old man accused of fatally shooting former Pleasanton resident Kate Steinle in the back Wednesday on Pier 14 had recently been released from jail despite having been deported five times and having immigration authorities ask that he be held.  
STATE NEWS
California's new vaccine law: Freshman senator wins plaudits from colleagues

No other legislation in recent memory has consumed the Capitol quite like the vaccine bill did. But those who know him well say Sen. Richard Pan's calm demeanor and his clout as a "citizen lawmaker" who ran for office after a career in medicine prepared him for the ugly battle waged by the bill's zealous opponents.  
NATIONAL NEWS
San Jose: Rose, White & Blue Parade a community celebration on Fourth of July

Thousands flocked to the parade, which was the quintessential family affair, with children scampering around, riding scooters and munching on morning treats while families reminisced about parades and Independence Days past. 
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